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Pulitzer Center’s AI Accountability Fellowship Program in Africa

The Pulitzer Center is calling for applications for its AI Accountability Fellowship Program. The grant is designed for the academic session 2023/2024.

The fellowship is open to reporters from all beats, desks, and formats who want to broaden, deepen, and diversify their reporting on AI with an accountability lens.

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The Pulitzer Center is a non-profit organization that supports independent journalism on underreported topics and issues around the world. It was established in 2006 by Emily Rauh Pulitzer, widow of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and is based in Washington D.C.

Why should you choose this program? The Fellowship will provide access to mentors as well as appropriate training with a peer group. This can be a wonderful opportunity to learn from veteran journalists and AI reporting experts, as well as to hone your reporting abilities.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2023

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: The Pulitzer Center
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Research
  • Award: Up to $20,000
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Nationality: Domestic students
  • The award can be taken in Africa


  • Eligible Countries: All African countries are eligible to apply
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded in any subject offered by the university
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the given criteria:
  • Experience and/or the ability to collaborate across newsrooms and countries is required.
  • Reporters must be deeply interested in how AI affects the globe and why this topic is so important to our global well-being.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Applicants are required to apply through an online application form.
  • Supporting Documents: Applicants must provide the given supporting documents:
  • A short statement of purpose.
  • A detailed description of the reporting project you seek to pursue during your Fellowship.
  • A letter of intent or commitment from a media organization(s) interested in publishing your stories.
  • Three professional references.
  • A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants must fulfill the following admission requirements:
  • Journalists must apply for a reporting project that they want to work on during their Fellowship.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to attend a monthly 90-minute meeting as well as participate in virtual meetings and on the community’s dedicated online platform.
  • Language Requirement: Applicants must fulfill one of the following language requirements:
  • Applicants must be very fluent in the English language verbally as well as written.


The fellowship program will grant journalists with up to $20,000 to pursue their reporting assignment over a 10-month period. The funding can be used to cover the costs of records requests, travel expenses, data analysis, and stipends. Furthermore, the Fellows will have access to mentors as well as relevant training with a group of peers, which will help develop their reporting projects.

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